Bearings • Rod End Bearings
Rod end bearings or heim joints or rose joints are mechanical articulating joints. They are used on control rod ends, steering links, tie rods, and other applications where joints are needed. It is a ball swivel with a hole that is pressed into a circular casing with a threaded shaft.
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Aurora are producers of male and female rod end products in both inch and metric sizes. The Aurora Bearing product line includes over 20 different series of rod ends. Aurora has a standard catalog series bearing for every rod end need. Products range in bore size from 1/8 to 2 inch, with threads from 6-32 through 2”-12. Most feature steel raceway construction. Aurora rod end products are available with low carbon, high strength heat treated alloy steel, stainless steel, and aluminum bodies. Since 1971 Aurora has been a serious player in the aircraft market. Today Aurora Bearing Company are producers of standard and special spherical bearings, rod ends and bushings for aircraft manufacturers.
Hirschmann are producers of rod ends, spherical bearings and high speed grinding fluids. Their rod ends and spherical bearings are supplied in true metric sizes. Hirschmann offers heavy duty rod ends with male or female threads and rod ends for pneumatic cylinders. They also produce maintenance-free heavy duty rod ends. Material choices range from tempered steel, free-cutting steel, galvanized steel, stainless steel and chromalized steel . The inner rings are hard chromed,s teel ground or stainless. Hirschmann also produces custom rod end and spherical bearing products.
THK are producers of rod end spherical slide bearings that are equivalent in hardness and precision to steel ball bearings. Rod end types include female and male thread that require maintenance or are maintenance-free self lubricating. Spherical self lubricating bearings are also available. Female rod ends requiring lubrication offer high rigidity, high wear resistance and high corrosion resistance. The self lubricating type uses a synthetic resin formed between the steel holder and the spherical inner ring. THK male threaded rod ends are high rigidity in both self lubricating and requiring maintenance types.